(October 31, 2001) – Pianist Wu Han will perform at Union College's Memorial Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. with violinist Nicholas Kitchen,
cellist Yeesun Kim, and violist Paul Neubauer. This replaces the originally
scheduled trio performance by Wu Han, Yeesun Kim, and Pamela Frank due to
Frank's sustained hand injury.
The concert program will include Ravel- Sonata for Violin and Cello; B. Martinu – Duo for Violin and Cello; Brahms – Piano Quartet in g, Op. 25.
Wu Han's blossoming career has already taken her to many of the world's most prestigious venues: New York's Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Washington's Kennedy Center, and in major concert series in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Cleveland. She is a frequent collaborator with many of today's finest musicians and ensembles, including the Borromeo, St. Lawrence and Emerson Quartets.
As duo pianist with cellist David Finckel, Wu Han performs across the United States and Europe. She also maintains an active teaching schedule at the Aspen Music Festival, and has been a regular faculty member of the Isaac Stern International Chamber Music Workshops in Carnegie Hall and Jerusalem Music Center.
Han's wide-ranging musical activities also include the founding of ArtistLed, the first musician-directed and Internet based recording company (www.ArtistLed.com). For three
seasons, together with her husband, David Finckel, Wu Han served as Artistic
Director of SummerFest La Jolla.
Violinist Nicholas Kitchen is a founding member and first violinist of the esteemed Borromeo Quartet, which performed the complete Beethoven String Quartets during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. He was last heard in the Series in November 2000 in a memorable performance of the complete Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas in one evening. A native of Durham, North Carolina, he began his public performing career at the age of 12 with his first appearances with orchestra. Since then,
his performances have taken him to over 23 countries and have included
collaborations with such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas and Otto
Werner-Mueller. He is a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Medallion for
Artistry and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Cellist Yeesun Kim, a native of Seoul, Korea, began her career at the age of 13 when she appeared with the Korean Broadcasting Service Symphony and the Jeunesses Ensemble. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has participated in many festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival. She is a founding member of the Borromeo Quartet and is married to Nicholas Kitchen.
This season Paul Neubauer has numerous recordings due for release including the Walton Viola Concerto (Decca), the revised Bartok Viola Concerto and Duos (GMN), the viola music by Ernest Bloch (Image Recordings) and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel (CRI). He has performed with the New York, Los Angeles and Helsinki Philharmonics, National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and Bournemouth Symphonies, St. Luke's, Santa Cecilia and English Chamber and Beethovenhalle Orchestras. Mr. Neubauer gave the world premiere of the revised Bartok Viola Concerto as well as Concertos by Penderecki, Picker,
Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Ott and Friedman. He was Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic for six years, joining at age 21. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and is an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Tickets at $20 ($8 for students) are available in advance at the Office
of Communications, Union College (518) 388-6131 and at the door at 7 p.m. For
more information, call 372-3651.
The Union College Concert Series is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; additional support comes from the Times Union Newspapers. Memorial Chapel is located near the center of the Union College campus.
Parking is available on campus and nearby side streets.